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  • Dr. Hillhouse has run Cuban rum between East and West Berlin, smuggled jewels from the Soviet Union and slipped through some of the world’s tightest borders. From Uzbekistan to Romania, she's been followed, held at gunpoint and interrogated. Foreign governments and others have pitched her for recruitment as a spy. (They failed.)

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« Blackwater Caught in Pentagon-CIA Turf Wars | Main | Did Blackwater Steal Iraqi Planes for the CIA? »

October 19, 2007


Aaron R. Linderman

Blackwater's not the only ones planning to stay in Iraq: the US government is building a ginormous embassy and will no doubt need guards for the place.

Victor Blum

Great Points. I wonder what the miltary record for judicial and non-judicial punishment is in Iraq. What about non-security contractors?
On the flip side, can we fire our government representaives for "drug and alcohol violations," "inappropriate/lude behavior," "lying," "and "rules violations?" Or at least take away their retirement fund?


Great blog theme, and book (Outsourced). Can you speak to the issue of " Al-Qaida links cited in Bhutto bomb"?



While outsourcing the war is indeed a disturbing trend I'd rather see well-paid paramilitary volunteers placed in harms way than the average national guard or military reservist who would otherwise fulfill the missions these private armies perform. With the manpower shortages in the military so pervasive it is not likely we should expect or see a reversal of this trend. With the military draft gone and unlikely to return we perhaps need to promote an agenda supporting such outsourcing. The CIA has a long history of hiring "contract" paramilitary specialists to augment its limited pool of clandestine service officers in times of war, especially in Vietnam and Laos. Such contract employees are largely former US military personnel who are hired and further trained in special operations missions that the CIA is known to provide. Since they are "contract" employees, their employment rights are limited as are their responsibilities yet the CIA has full control over their activities.

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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.